Despite rumors as of late that there will be an “Iron Man 4” and that a new and younger actor will take over the role of Tony Stark and the Iron Man suit from actor Robert Downey Jr., it seems that the speculations are a little too premature and border on the inaccurate.
The latest news on “Iron Man 4” came no less from Robert Downey Jr. himself during a most recent interview with USA Today.
Asked whether there will be an “Iron Man 4” sometime in the future, Downey was quite candid when he said that the film seems to be not in the cards of Marvel Studios.
However, he said that the upcoming Marvel movie, “Captain America: Civil War” can be considered as both “Captain America 3” and his little “Iron Man 4,” notes Moviepilot.
He said that after “Captain America: Civil War,” it would be back to the thing that everyone recognize as everything pulls over to the side of the road when the thunder of an Avengers thing comes through because that is how it is until it changes or if it changes.
What the actor meant is that the two-part Avengers movie will take centerstage thereafter, which only confirms that it is almost impossible to see an “Iron Man 4” being in the works anytime soon.
Without a doubt, Robert Downey Jr. is still the most bankable actor among the Avengers superheroes these days and because of his performance for the franchise, many fans are still hoping to see him in “Iron Man 4,” notes the Parent Herald.
His last stand-alone film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe “Iron Man 3” is currently at No. 10 on the list of all-time highest grossing movies. And only “Marvel’s The Avengers,” at No. 5, and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at No. 7 have done better than “Iron Man 3,” box-office wise.
Getting old for all of the action
Finally, after much speculation Robert Downey Jr. has recently opened his mouth and spoke about “Iron Man 4” and the outspoken American actor said a mouthful.
It has been widely speculated that if and when “Iron Man 4” is greenlit by Marvel Studios for a possible 2019 or 2020 release date, the actor would no longer be as agile as he was and that the age factor would have already caught up with him by then.
In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Downey admitted that he is getting old for his action superhero role and also for donning the Iron Man suit.
He added that he recognizes that he will be turning 50 by the time he promotes the “Iron Man 4” movie. He explained that the clock is ticking down on the number of memories and participation that he would allow himself and not embarrass the medium with.
Downey’s statements seem to prove notions that he will perhaps relinquish the role and allow Marvel Studios to re-cast Tony Stark or simply do what the comic books do which is having someone else other than Tony Stark stepping in to be Iron Man.
There have been previous reports saying that the someone else could by Ty Simpkins, who played Harley Keener in “Iron Man 3.” Critics believe that Simpkins may be old enough by 2019 to star as the new Iron Man.
The successor of Tony Stark
From that notion, speculations began to swirl that it is possible that Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark will appoint Harley as his successor. But there are also other speculations saying that it could be Rhodes, played by Don Cheadle, who is the alter ego of the Iron Patriot, that could become Tony Stark’s successor.
Critics also cited that by the time that the possible “Iron Man 4” goes into production, Downey’s contract with Marvel Studios may have ended by then. Thus, it seems clear that the production company would have to accept the fact that Downey would have to relinquish his role by then to someone else.
While Marvel Studios has yet to confirm “Iron Man 4,” the earliest that the movie could be shown is in 2020 based on the production company’s movie release date calendar published in October last year where it left three mystery movies in that year.